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Stats That Stick: August 17, 2011

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August 17, 2011 06:15 pm

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Americans who believe their public school system has a hard time getting good teachers: 52 percent

According to the Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll on the public’s attitude toward the public schools, of the roughly 1,000 people surveyed, over half of Americans believe their local school district has a difficult time recruiting quality teachers. However, the vast majority of Americans appreciate and trust public school teachers in general.

ACT test takers who will need at least one remedial course in college: 75 percent

ACT’s annual report released this week shows three in four students who took the ACT test did not achieve all of the company’s preparedness benchmarks and therefore will likely need to take a remedial course to brush up on high-school material while in college. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former West Virginia governor, says this type of remedial course taking is dangerous because students are more likely to drop out of college if they feel like they repeated high school material.

American children living in poverty: 20 percent

One in five American children are living below the poverty line, according to research from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The study, published this week, found child poverty increased in 38 states from 2000 to 2009, resulting in 14.7 million children — or 20 percent — being poor in 2009. That represents a 2.5 million increase from 2000, when 17 percent of the nation’s youth lived in low-income homes.

Percentage of Alabama’s public school students who are Hispanic: About 4.5 percent
Alabama’s new immigration law requires educators to determine the immigration status of students, and about 4.5 percent of them are Hispanic, according to state statistics. Despite the crackdown on illegal immigrants, the Associated Press reported schools in the state are not seeing a decrease in the number of Hispanic students coming to school.

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